Police impersonator snatches license

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man they believe may be impersonating a Covington police officer or a Georgia State Patrol trooper, according to an incident report completed by Deputy Joseph Lightsey.

Lightsey said he was notified of the possible impersonation by a woman who was traveling down Interstate 20 on Aug. 18 about 4:15 p.m. when she encountered the supposed officer.

"She was pulled over on a traffic stop on Interstate 20 just before exit 98 by an unknown subject in a silver Ford Crown Victoria. She described the vehicle as not having any police markings with blue lights on the front dash and rear back window. ... The vehicle had very light tinted windows and did not have a push bumper," the report states.

The woman said a white man exited the vehicle and walked up to her car, asking for her driver's license. She handed over her license and he asked her why she was speeding and where she was headed.

"She informed him she did not mean to speed and would slow down. He walked back to his vehicle laughing and drove off with her license and never returned it," the report states.

The woman described the man as having "dirty blond hair," standing about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds. He was wearing a "camo" uniform shirt, which had a Georgia State Trooper patch on the front left side of his chest.

His shirt did not have a name tag on it. He also wore a pair of khaki tactical trousers and black boots," according to the report.

Lightsey said an alert was placed on the vehicle and extra patrols were placed on the woman's residence because the suspect obtained her address by taking her driver's license.

Authorities ask anyone with information on this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through its Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

In other crime news, the Covington Police Department made a quick arrest after a burglary on Indian Creek Circle on Thursday.

According to an incident report completed by Officer J.C. English, officers were called to a "burglary in progress" at a residence and were told by 911 dispatchers to be on the lookout for a black man, approximately 18 to 20 years old, wearing a black shirt and shorts and braids in his hair who had fled the scene on foot running toward Green Acres.

The victim told officers he heard his door bell ring, but he did not go to the door. Minutes later he heard breaking glass and "he went into the living room and saw a black male stick his head through the broken window. The male saw (the victim) and removed his head and left running."

While investigating the scene, officers received an anonymous phone call that told them "the guy were looking for goes by 'Smitty' and he was at (a) residence on Pineneedle Drive," the report states.

Officers went to the residence and found "Smitty," aka German D. Brown.

"Sgt. Martin placed him in the police car and transported him back to Indian Creek Circle. (The victim) positively identified Mr. Brown as the male that was coming in through the broken window into the residence," the report states.

A wallet containing the victim's driver's license, credit cards and approximately $200 was returned to him.

Brown, 17, of 7215 Pineneedle Drive, was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal trespass.